There are a TON of diets and gimmicks out there to help you lose weight. Some work and some don't. Trust me....I've done a few. Since being an Ambassador for Plexus Worldwide (a health & wellness company), I have participated in a handful of challenges to help me along my journey to better health . I get asked a lot how I've lost 30 pounds over the past year, so here ya go...
First and foremost, you have to be in tune with your body. Find something that works for YOU and stick with it. Not every program, regimen, or diet is made for everyone. While I strongly believe everyone could benefit from at least 2 of our products, Plexus has certainly worked for me. It has helped me gain will power over food and has helped me kick (most of) my unhealthy habits to the curb! 😜
So....onto the meat!
1. Cut the sugar out of your life! Sugar can literally be found in just about anything. Condiments, salad dressings, bread, yogurts, and juice. Read your labels. Avoid foods with added sugar and artificial sweeteners....which are more harmful to you than natural sugar. If you must have sweetener (I'm from the south and sweet tea is a staple), try using Stevia. It's a natural, plant based sweetener versus being chemically altered.
2. Ease up on the starches. I admit this has been a struggle for me and substituting as proven to be less complicated. I have found long grain or wild brown rice, sweet potatoes, and spinach pasta to be tastier and healthier options....but of course...everything in moderation.
3. Now your good fats from your bad fats. It literally would take me all day to explain them all (and since I don't want to bore you), so here is an article to explain this.
4. Educate yourself on the importance of gut health & leveling out your blood glucose. Once these are in check, weight loss becomes a lot easier.
5. Go organic! It's no secret that healthier is more expensive, but much healthier for your body. Period. If a budget is an issue...finding good sales and coupon clipping can be a life saver!
In the end, you want to slowly change your eating habits and incorporate new ones. Don't trying doing this over night because chances are it won't stick. Also, finding an accountability partner is great! Keep one another in check and share your success and struggles alike.
While I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or a health instructor of any kind....these have worked for me. I will say the essential to all of these is learning about gut health & leveling blood glucose levels. If you happen to struggle with tummy issues, a sweet tooth, or sensitivities, there are products I can recommend to help you along the way.
And by all means...I know you're only human...it's ok to cheat every now and then. Don't stress over it or fell guilty. Enjoy it and move on!